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16.03.2019
 
Raspberry Pi BMS communication module

Raspberry Pi BMS communication module
Do you need to know how much capacity remains in your battery? Stay tuned - during Q3/2019 we will announce a communication module based on Raspberry Pi project. Together with our CPM1 board, it will bring you information about SoC and DoD of any battery pack from 4 to 16 LiFePO4 cells. It will allow reading this information via touch screen or TCP/IP (ethernet). On the photo, you can see LCD display connected to the popular Arduino platform. However, after the first quick tests, we found out that better performance will ensure a Raspberry Pi platform. Our team will work hard and publish some updates soon.

28.02.2019
 
Q&A: BMS123 Auto replacement parts

Q&A: BMS123 Auto replacement parts
Question: I have the old version of BMS123 Auto and I need a replacement board. Can you help me? Answer: Yes! The solution is simple. The OUT and IN boards of the BMS123 Smart are backwards compatible with the previous version of BMS123 Auto. For the OUT-board you can just use the BMS123smart cell board without modifications. For the IN-board, you need to make a small hardware modification of the BMS123smart cell board. You just simply cut a piece of the PCB foil. Next to the (-) minus sign on the cell board, there are two golden dots. You need to cut the connection between these two dots. You can scratch the foil by means of a sharp knife or a screwdriver. If you need any additional assistance with the or Auto, please let us know. The is here for you.
BMS123 Smart
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20.07.2018
 
Sailing Yacht with a 12V/200AH battery bank

Sailing Yacht  with a 12V/200AH battery bank
A reference project for a battery bank on a sailing yacht using the 4x WB-LFP200AH cells for the board battery and the BMS123 Smart. The battery pack is charged from the on-board AC/DC charger (35 Amp) and the generator (up to 80 Amp).

16.02.2018
 
3.2V LFP cell initial charging

Question: How should new cells 3.2V 40AH, 60AH, 90AH, 100 AH, etc. be formed before first usage? Answer: The new 3.2V LFP cells delivered from the warehouse are partially charged. However before the first use, it is essential to charge each cell to full capacity. The initial charging should be done with the charging current set to less than 1C (typically 0.5C), till the voltage level of 4.0 V is reached. There is no other need for LFP 3.2V cells to be formatted or otherwise specially prepared for the use. After the first charge to full, the cell is ready to be used for use. The above charging rule is also applied to the initial charge after the cell has been unused or stored for a long time. If not used more than 1 month, it is recommended to make again an initial charge to full.
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16.02.2018
 
12V LP battery balancing and charging

Question: Can I charge the 12V LFP battery using a conventional auto-moto charger 12V? Answer: With most of “cheap” car battery chargers you **cannot** charge the 12V LFP battery. Cheap chargers often end charging at 14V. As a result the LFP batteries are not charged sufficiently. In order to charge to full you need to reach above 16V. If you have an “advanced” manageable charger, it can be used provided you can set the charge level to at least 16V. Simply said: you can charge with any kind of charger if you make sure that the battery voltage reaches at least 16V, but does not exceed the maximum limit of 17V. Question: What are the experiences of balancing 12V batteries, when, for example, four pieces of 12V/40Ah in the series?
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16.02.2018
 
You must charge the LiFePO4 before the first use!

You must charge the LiFePO4 before the first use!
You must charge before the first use! We remind all users of the LFP cells and LP batteries that the cells and batteries MUST be charged to full voltage level BEFORE assembling into a pack and before starting to be used. For the 3.2V cells, the full charge voltage level is 4.00V and the charging is . For the 12V LP batteries the full charge voltage level is 16.00V. More details about .
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16.02.2018
 
Using BMS to analyze the cell performance

Using BMS to analyze the cell performance
Why is the BMS needed for a LFP battery pack consisting of many cells? Answer: The Battery Management System (BMS) allows you to monitor the battery pack operation. Since the battery consists of a serial string of many cells, you need to monitor each cell to prevent from deep discharge or over charge. The BMS will give you information about the cell voltage levels and can issue warnings if there is a problem with any of the cells. The BMS with balancing option will balance the cells (usually during charging) to make sure all cells have the same capacity (=voltage) levels. The BMS also allows data logging so that you can see the history of the operation of the each cell in the battery. This way you can detect if there is any problem with one or more cells in the battery pack.

16.02.2018
 
Initial charging FAQ

Initial charging FAQ
Check these FAQ published on our blog to understand the initial battery charging We remind all users of the LFP cells and LP batteries that the cells and batteries MUST be charged to full voltage level BEFORE assembling into a pack and before starting to be used. The new 3.2V LFP cells delivered from the warehouse are partially charged. However before the first use, it is essential to charge each cell to full capacity.
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16.02.2018
 
Maximal voltage during Initial charge of LiFePO4

Maximal voltage during Initial charge of LiFePO4
I want to make the initial charge of all the LiFePO4 cells to the same maximal voltage level of 4.0V. How can I do that? EDIT: This article gives the example of 4.00V charge level. The same information is to applied for charging to other voltage levels: e.g. 3.65V, 3.70V, 3.80V, 3.90V. Different voltage levels may be applied for initial charging based on the manufacturer specification. ANSWER: The best way it to find a power supply or a charger that will charge to the 4.0V directly. Another solution is to charge using the laboratory power supply or the regulated power supply that allows to set the final (maximal) voltage limit. We suggest to check with the local electronic components suppliers for these products.
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16.02.2018
 
Initial charge voltage levels of LiFePO4

Initial charge voltage levels of LiFePO4
Initial charge voltage levels Question: I wish to equip my workshop with the proper tools. Can you offer me following chargers: one model with cut off voltage at 3.65V, one model with cut off voltage at 3.80V and one model with cut off voltage at 4.00V? Answer: There is no need to have so many different chargers. The typical chargers that are . Please see some additional comments.
sold by GWL charge to 3.65V (for single cell)
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